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"For No One"
Song by The Beatles
Album Revolver
Released 5 August 1966
Recorded 9, 16, 19 May 1966
Abbey Road Studios
Genre Baroque pop
Length 2:01
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
Revolver track listing
Another memorable incident occurred when Alan Civil — formerly of the London Philharmonic and then the principal horn player of the BBC Symphony Orchestra — was brought in to add French horn to Paul's haunting song 'For No One.' Alan was under a lot of pressure doing that overdub, because it was so hard to hit the high note in the solo. In fact, most people would have never written that part for a French horn player because it was too high to play, but that was the note Paul wanted to hear, and so that was the note he was going to get. [...] Alan was reluctant to even try it; he was actually breaking out into a sweat, telling everyone it really shouldn't be done. But eventually he gave it a go and pulled it off. [...] In fact, he became a star in his own right because of that, but the problem was that, from that day on, arrangers would expect other horn players to be able to do what he had done.

—Geoff Emerick, Recording Engineer, Here, There and Everywhere, 2006

George was in for the crack, he liked that. He said, 'It'll work, it'll work.' On the session Alan Civil said, 'George?' and looked at us both. He said, 'George, you've written a D,' and George and I just looked at him and held our nerve and said, 'Yes?' And he gave us a crafty look and went, 'Okay.' We did the same trick on 'Penny Lane' with David Mason on the piccolo trumpet, and he almost never forgave me for it because the only thing people ever asked him to do after that was high trumpet stuff.

—Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now by Barry Miles, 1994

Another of his I really liked.                      

—John Lennon, Hit Parader, 1972

Paul's. One of my favorites of his. A nice piece of work.

—John Lennon, 1980

I wrote that on a skiing holiday in Switzerland. In a hired chalet amongst the snow.

—Paul McCartney, Playboy Interview, December, 1984

It was very nice and I remember writing 'For No One' there. I suspect it was about another argument. I don't have easy relationships with women, I never have. I talk too much truth.

—Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now by Barry Miles, 1994

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